Research, Measurement & Evaluation – M.S.Ed.

Educational and Psychological Studies

Research, Measurement & Evaluation

M.S.Ed.

Mission Statement


The mission of the Research, Measurement, and Evaluation M.S.Ed. program is to (a) promote and advance quantitative methodology in social sciences, and (b) provide students with the requisite training for them to become high-quality researchers, data analysts, research coordinators, and measurement advisors in a variety of industrial and academic setting.

As a STEM Designated Degree Program, the Research, Measurement, and Evaluation M.S.Ed. program aims to train students in research methodology, relevant statistical and measurement analyses, and statistical software required for data management and statistical analyses relevant to research and evaluations conducted in educational, psychological, health, and human service environments. To accomplish this goal, our curriculum allows students to get sufficient training in the relevant methodologies and statistical software through coursework and field experience. We provide a variety of courses that cover basic descriptive and inferential statistics, the general linear models, multivariate statistics, structural equation modeling, measurement theory, program evaluation, data management, and statistical programming using R, SPSS, or SAS.

As an interdisciplinary program, our courses focus on the application of quantitative methods to solve real-world problems so that the theoretical knowledge and practical skills obtained in the classroom settings can be directly applied to the field work. The majority of courses related to statistics, measurement, and data analysis are delivered in the computer labs whereby students are actively engaged in using relevant statistical software to conduct the desired analyses. Upon graduation, students have a variety of options to choose for employment in related fields of psychology, measurement, statistics, and business such as private and public sectors as data analysts, methodology consultant, or continue to pursue their doctoral degrees. We offer a high-prestigious Ph.D. program in Research, Measurement, and Evaluation for advanced students to continue their training and research in this field. Outstanding graduates from the M.S.Ed. program may receive tuition waiver, scholarship, or assistantship in our continued Ph.D. program.

Students entering the M.S.Ed. program are not required to have mathematics or statistics background. Students from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. The graduates and current master students enrolled in the M.S.Ed. program have bachelor’s degrees in education, psychology, sociology, public health, and other social sciences.

Program Requirements

The curriculum of the Research, Measurement, and Evaluation M.S.Ed. program is structured around three components:

  1. Core Courses (24 credits, 8 courses of 3 credits each)
    • Quantitative Methods I
    • Introduction to Research Methods
    • Quantitative Methods II
    • Applied Multivariate Statistics
    • Introduction to R programming
    • Measurement and Psychometric Theory
    • Categorical Data Analysis
    • An Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling for Multivariable Data
  2. Elective courses (6 credits)
    Some of the potential courses offered in the School of Education and Human Development for electives are the following:
    • Item Response Theory
    • Introduction to Multilevel Modeling
    • Meta-analytic methods for research synthesis.
    • EPS 714 Qualitative Methods I
    • EPS 715 Qualitative Methods II: Case Studies and Grounded Theory
    • EPS 716 Qualitative Methods II: Interviews and Content Analysis
    Students can also take any course of their interest from other departments and schools across the University after they discuss with their academic advisor.
  3. A written comprehensive exam

 

What do our graduates from the last 3 years do now?

  • PhD student in Education, Methodology, Measurement and Analysis at the University of Central Florida
  • Technology Transfer Coordinator, University of Miami
  • PhD student in Health Policy and Management at the Florida International University
  • Research Analyst at OutMatch HCM in Texas.
  • Sr. Analyst at Worldmedia Interactive in Miami, FL
  • PhD student in Psychology at the Florida International University in Miami, FL
  • PhD student in the Department of Management at the University of Miami
  • PhD student in Psychology at the University of Georgia
  • PhD student in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation at the University of Maryland
  • Analytics Advisor in the Decision Analytics and Information Management Team at the Shelby County Public Schools in Mempis, TN.

F.A.Q.

Do I need a strong math or statistics background to apply to the RME Program?
No, extensive undergraduate coursework in math and statistics is not necessary. Naturally, individuals who enter our program with a strong math and/or statistics background tend to be familiar with many of the concepts covered in the courses, but it is not necessary.
What are the career opportunities like for students graduating from the RME program?
Simply stated, the career opportunities are fantastic. Demand for individuals with graduate training in research, measurement, and evaluation outweighs the current supply. Private and public agencies, as well as universities, are constantly searching for individuals with expertise in these areas. This demand is, in part, fueled by the increase in national and state-level achievement testing mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act, which requires individuals trained in applied statistics and measurement for the psychometric/technical development of tests (i.e., determining from a statistical point of view whether the items of a test are working properly, and how to best estimate and individual’s ability based on the responses to the test items). Additional demand for experts in research methodology and measurement is generated through the increasing use of standardized psychological testing for diagnostic purposes and the high level of demand for the evaluation of educational and psychological programs implemented in school systems.
What Type of Businesses and Agencies are Typical Employers?
This will depend, in part, on what type of career you desire. If you want to teach, conduct research, and serve as a consultant to academic grants, then colleges and universities would be the natural employer. Nearly every college or university that grants graduate degrees would have the need for one or more individuals trained in research, measurement, and evaluation. If you are interested in a career that focuses on designing and implementing large-scale evaluations of programs (such educational programs, or health-related programs), then a public or private research agency, or large-scale testing agencies, such as ETS, ACT, and The College Board, would be examples of potential employers. Finally, if you are interested in measurement issues related to large-scale testing, then public testing agencies (i.e., state testing agencies) and private testing agencies (e.g., ETS, ACT, the American Board of Medical Examiners) would be examples of potential employers.

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Program Director

Cengiz Zopluoglu

Associate Professor & Program Director, Research, Measurement, and Evaluation (RME) Program

305-284-5102


Room: Max Orovitz Building 333-A